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Equipping Your Home Recording Studio - A free download from Audio Masterclass

An Introduction to Compression: Basic Compression - A free download from Audio Masterclass

An Introduction to Equalization - A free download from Audio Masterclass

Audio problems at the BBC - TV drama audiences can't understand what the actors are saying

What would happen if a spider got into your microphone?

Is it possible to *produce* classical music?

Korg Adds Midi Control to Top-Selling iMS-20 App for Ipad

Clipping and compressing a drum recording to achieve an exciting sound texture

Can guitarists be trusted with their own equipment?

Parallel compression: Finding excitement in the lower levels

Comment of the week: Just how hard is it to 'get into the groove'?

Q: How can I record an electric guitar in stereo?

New Firmware and Software Updates For Ergo Room Correction/Audio Recording Interface

Spot the Stradivarius violin - REALLY test your ears [with audio]

Can you tell a priceless Stradivarius violin from a $5500 copy from a $60 chain-store clunker?

If you can tell a genuine Neumann microphone from a Chinese imitation, then surely you will be able to tell these violins apart, which range from the priceless to the almost valueless. Here they are...

I'm sure you will spot the cheap instrument, which is a Windsor brand, clearly aimed at beginners. But the choice between the other two isn't as certain.

Do you go for strength of tone, or for subtlety, and precision of articulation and response?

One thing is for sure, the reverb on these recordings is truly awful.

But it's an interesting test. Take a look in more detail here and see if you got the answers right!

Your comments are welcome.

By David Mellor Saturday June 15, 2013